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Monday, June 23 - Musician Bios 

Bonerama No, it's not a Vanessa Del Rio flick, it's a four-trombone-powered outfit from New Orleans that makes Phil Spector's "wall of sound" seem like a cardboard fence. This 'bone barrage is the brass band equivalent of a muscle car with a horny teenager at the wheel. (FD) boneramamusic.com

Catherine Russell Catherine Russell is one of those powerful singers who acts out her songs through facial expressions, body language, and emotional vocal inflection. As a first-call background singer, she toured with David Bowie, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, and many others. But now that she's found the spotlight, she won't be going back into the shadows any time soon. (RN) catherinerussell.net

Don Mancuso Don Mancuso has been on the scene forever, and still bounds around the stage like a 58-year-old kid on Benzedrine and too much chocolate. Making the early 70's Rochester scene with Black Sheep, to playing guitar in The Lou Gramm Band and his own DDrive, Mancuso's effortless guitar style embodies true rock 'n' roll. (FD) donmancuso.com

Hot Club of Detroit See listing for Sunday, June 22.

Jack Allen Big Band Tenacious trumpeter and big-band leader Jack Allen has been blowing his horn since the age of 5, playing gigs since 12, and touring the United States with assorted combos since he was out of high school. He took over the Chick Edmond band in 1993 and continues to swing with the kind of dreamy elegance only a big band can bring. (FD) thejackallenbigband.com

Jeanne Jolly Band You'll probably get goose bumps from singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly's heart-tugging lyrics and powerful voice. The folksy singer first gained recognition as a featured vocalist for jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Though she's sung with symphonies and performed at massive venues like Carnegie Hall, Jolly's intimate Americana is where she truly packs a punch. (JC) Jeannejolly.com

Jon Ballantyne See listing for Sunday, June 22.

John Nyerges Quartet A superb, in-demand keyboard player, John Nyerges just completed his 20th year as pianist at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops concerts. He also plays in the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big Band, the Madeline Forster Band, and other groups. (RN) johnnyerges.com

John Sneider Trumpeter extraordinaire John Sneider has shared the stage with legends like Max Roach and Clark Terry, and contemporary artists like Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings. At XRIJF he'll play alongside the jazz stars of the future in the Eastman School of Music's Gerry Niewood Scholarship program, honoring the great, multi-reed Eastman alum. (RN)

Kari Ikonen Trio Keyboard wizard Kari Ikonen won the 2013 Yrjö award — Finnish Jazz Musician of the Year — for his brilliant triple-threat work on piano, Fender Rhodes, and Moog synthesizer. His progressive trio features two more outstanding Finnish jazz artists: Ara Yaralyan on bass and Markku Ounaskari on drums. (RN) kariikonen.com

Les Doigts de l'homme See listing for Sunday, June 22.

Matt Andersen Matt Andersen writes music for the working man. The singer-songwriter's soulful folk and blues and virile voice points to hard times — and sometimes those rare joyous moments — growing up in blue-collar towns. The Canadian musician has won three Maple Blues Awards and was nominated for a British Blues Award. (JC) stubbyfingers.ca

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio At the age of 24, Melissa Aldana won first prize in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition. One listen to her masterful tone and phrasing will leave no doubt about her prowess on the instrument. Aldana was raised in Chile but came to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006. (RN) facebook.com/melissa.aldana.3958

Mike Kaupa & Friends With his gorgeous trumpet tone and his breathtaking melodic runs, Mike Kaupa has been among the most valuable players on the Rochester jazz scene for decades. A long-time performer in the Dave Rivello Ensemble, Kaupa has also played with Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, and Luciana Souza. (RN)

MVT (Michael Vadala Trio) The first thing you need to know about the Michael Vadala Trio is that there are five members. Keyboardist Vadala is joined by Jamie Greene (drums), Ben Crossgrove (bass), Eli Flynn (guitar), and Matthew Billings (keys and sampling). The expanded concept of trio extends to the band's musical vision, a contemporary fusion of hip-hop, electronic, and rhythm & blues music. (RN) michaelvadalatrio.bandcamp.com

Nels Cline & Julian Lage Jazz Times has called Nels Cline "The World's Most Dangerous Guitarist." Fans of Wilco, the band Cline played with for nine years, will certainly agree. Guitarist Julian Lage was selected to tour with vibraphonist Gary Burton when he was just 15 years old. Since then he's played with David Grisman, Nnenna Freelon, and many others. Together, they inspire each other to one dazzling solo after another. (RN) julianlage.com; nelscline.com

Paul Towndrow Trio Scotland's Paul Towndrow has been described by The Guardian as "A turbo-charged amalgam of all your saxophone heroes." Since making a name for himself in Europe, holding down the alto saxophone chair with the iconoclastic Brass Jaw, Towndrow has played with The Bad Plus, John Scofield, Gary Burton, and many others. (RN) paultowndrow.bandcamp.com

Vijay Iyer See feature on page X. vijay-iyer.com

XRIFJ Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 20.

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    Jazz Festival Guide 2014

    CITY Newspaper's guide to the biggest music festival in Rochester! For more coverage, check our website every day of the festival for reviews, blogs, photos and more!

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    The 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 28

    Friday, June 20 - Schedule

    4:30 p.m.: Hilton High School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:15 p.m.: Canandaigua High School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    I called up Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka to discuss his band, its brand of swing, its longevity in the swing scene, its hepcat haberdashery, and its impact on swing. That's right — swing, swing, and more swing.

    Friday, June 20 - Musician Bios

    Akiko Tsuruga Quartet When the Lou Donaldson Quartet played the XRIJF a few years ago, the audience couldn't help but notice a second star on the stage. Behind the B-3 organ playing one great solo after another was Osaka, Japan, native Akiko Tsuruga.

    Saturday, June 21 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: Brighton High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:00 p.m.: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (SOLD OUT)

    Jason Marsalis

    With pianist Ellis Marsalis and his famous sons, Wynton (trumpet), Branford (saxophone), Delfeayo (trombone), and Jason (drums/vibes), the Marsalis family of New Orleans can stake a claim as the first family of jazz. But if that conjures up images of a father and his sons jamming in the living room, well... that's just not how it was.

    Saturday, June 21 - Musician Bios

    78 RPM Big Band Starting out as Oktoberfest band The Happy Wanderers, back in 1973, the 16-piece 78 RPM Big Band is based in classic big band, but often branches out into unique versions of contemporary cuts. (JC) 78rpmband.com

    Sunday, June 22 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: West Irondequoit High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:30 p.m.: Newark High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Cécile McLorin Salvant

    If you go to hear Cécile McLorin Salvant at Kilbourn Hall, you might find yourself squirming in your seat. McLorin Salvant has no qualms about singing songs like "You Bring Out The Savage In Me," a tune few have dared to touch since Valaida Snow sang it in the 1930's."I've had time to delve into the history of early 20th-century American music, vaudeville, minstrel shows, coon songs, and some jungle music," McLorin Salvant says.

    Sunday, June 22 - Musician Bios

    Benedikt Jahnel Trio With titles of tunes like "Equilibrium" and "Modular Concepts," you might think the Benedikt Jahnel Trio is too cerebral to enjoy the wonder of jazz. On the contrary, the German-born pianist is a joyous player, with a shimmering, melodic sound and a dynamic touch.

    Monday, June 23 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: John Nyerges Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: John Sneider Student Workshop Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

    Vijay Iyer

    If you visit the website of pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, you will be greeted with a blurred portrait of a man, vaguely recognizable as Iyer, dashing through an urban landscape. It's a fitting visual metaphor for the frenetic musical journey Iyer has taken over the past two decades.

    Tuesday, June 24 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Gabe Condon Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne Duo Student Workshop Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room (Room 120) (FREE)

    Louis Hayes

    Louis Hayes was just 19 and living on Detroit's west side when his reputation caught up with him. Pianist Horace Silver, fresh out of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, had heard about the young drummer.

    Tuesday, June 24 - Musician Bios

    Blind Boy Paxton Despite his abbreviated age, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton is a master of pre-war, acoustic blues. We're talking the storied sounds of Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Bessie Smith — to name a few — wrought by a multi-instrumentalist in his mid-20's.

    Wednesday, June 25 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Mel Henderson and Paradigm Shift Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Jonathan Gee Eastman School of Music RAY WRIGHT ROOM (Room 120)

    Diane Schuur

    Through the snap, crackle, and pop of a long distance phone call, and suffering from jet lag, Diane Schuur's voice is still absolutely beautiful. She has just returned from an engagement in Osaka, Japan.

    Wednesday, June 25 - Musician Bios

    5Head Rochester madcap ska skanksters 5Head are full of pants-optional hi-jinx and contagious back beat that starts at your feet and ends with you attempting dance moves that would have put Fred Astaire in traction. This band features lighthearted fun played by some of the best musicians this town has.

    Thursday, June 26 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Nate Rawls Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Ian Shaw Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

    Thursday, June 26 - Musician Bios

    Anders Hagberg Quartet If you caught Yggdrasil in one of its appearances at the XRIJF, you've heard the wonderful range of sounds Swedish musician Anders Hagberg coaxes out of his soprano saxophone and flutes. When he plays the gigantic contrabass flute, it's a thrilling journey, filled with percussive breathing and scat-singing, and sounds like the workings of several musicians.

    Friday, June 27 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Vince Ercolamento Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Pat LaBarbera Quartet Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room (Room 120) (FREE)

    Friday, June 27 - Musician Bios

    Bill Frisell's Guitar In the Space Age Every time Bill Frisell has appeared here, it's been with his eyes on the sonic future; sounds and progressions rarely, if ever heard. This time around, he's got his eye on the origins of his instrument.

    Saturday, June 28 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:30 p.m.: Webster Schroeder High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    George Thorogood

    You wanna survive in showbiz? Wanna last in this rock 'n' roll racket?

    Saturday, June 28 - Musician Bios

    Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys Chuck Mead burst on the scene with the three-time Grammy-nominated retro-hillbilly outfit BR549. With the band officially on hiatus, Mead has focused on a solo career and producing the Broadway hit "Million Dollar Quartet."

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